"The unknown," to paraphrase E. J. Gold, "is unknown because it does not lend itself to being known"; what must not be spoken is in fact that which cannot be articulated. Wedged among life's supreme unknowns is the field of sexual alchemy, and Alchemical Sex, Mr. Gold's elucidation of those portions of this subject that can actually be confined to print, is a laudably serious attempt to make some portion of the unknown, known. From his first curious predictions to the arcana of "evocation" vs. "invocation," the book puffs a welcome breath of fresh air into a world that is currently wholly dominated by "a species which features as its main attribute a radically disconnected multiple personality with no control over which persona is active at any given moment." Lucid, witty, detailed, and incisive, Alchemical Sex is required reading for anyone with any aspiration to cultivate sexual energy with true creativity.
--Robert Svoboda, author of The Left Hand of God, Aghora
"E.J. Gold seems to me either the greatest comic writer or the greatest philosopher of our time or maybe both."
--Robert Anton Wilson, author The Illuminatus Trilogy, Shrodinger's Cat
"Alchemical Sex is a great book, could be the only one you need apart from one of the ABD prayer books for your work on self initiation." M.C
Alchemical Sex. I have suspicions about tantra. Individuals I have met along the way who are drawn to or are "practicing" tantric sex seem to be justifying a human hunger. They are decorating or disguising or excusing their sexual desires. It is arguable that since I have inherent apprehensions about "fucking my way to enlightenment," my perceptions of this way of work may be colored with an overlay of Protestantism and/or prudishness. That said, the book surprised me.
Mr. Gold extensively discusses and presents exotic and esoteric information on sex and how it can be used to build and coat higher bodies, and he does so with objectivity and a detached voice.
Alchemical Sex is a manual. However, this manual offers instructions for a social construct that is for and from an era that is no longer available in the West. If one found themselves in a realm where priests, priestesses, harems, tombs, and oracles were the standard, then a lot of the practices noted might be accessible. Instead, for westerners in the twenty-first century, the content seems historical as it potently describes the higher actions and potentials of the ancients.
Within the instructive descriptions of the ancient practices are countless secrets. Mr. Gold freely offers, what seems like, esoteric information as inaccessible as the ancient practices he references. He inserts subject matter on: the transformation of substances, centrums, invocation, contamination, higher bodies, alchemy, The Last Supper, imprinting artifacts, longevity, the astral body, and so many more subjects -- interwoven under the heading of conscious sexual practices -- it is immense. I found it easy to be overwhelmed. In order to navigate the immensity, I would turn to a random page and begin reading. Often, after a page or two, I was "full." I closed the book. I could not receive any more information. So, I pondered.
To illustrate, a quote from a random page:
"Nature only gives free one thing -- air -- but we must discover for ourselves -- of what use is the air to us and is it really free?"
I, may -- two or three decades from now -- have a necessity to understand the notions shared in Mr. Gold's book. For now, I am happy to see, with the help of this book, that the path is long and expansive.